UEFA EURO 2028 is once in a lifetime opportunity for north’s economy: Murphy

Date published: 16 April 2024


The positive impact of UEFA EURO 2028 on the north’s economy cannot be underestimated, said Economy Minister Conor Murphy.

Ministers Murphy and Archibald with GAA and IFA
Patrick Nelson, CEO, Irish FA; Economy Minister Conor Murphy; Irish FA President Conrad Kirkwood; Finance Minister Caoimhe Archibald; Brian McAvoy, CEO and Provincial Secretary, Ulster GAA; and Stephen McGeehan, Head of Operations, Ulster GAA.

Speaking following a meeting today with Finance Minister Caoimhe Archibald and representatives from the Irish FA and Ulster GAA, Minister Murphy said:
“UEFA EURO 2028 will be the largest ever sporting event to be hosted across these islands. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to give our economy a much needed and welcome boost.”

He added: “Not only is this tournament predicted to generate up to £2.6billion for the Irish and British economies, it is also expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to these shores, as well as a global TV audience of over six billion.”

The north of Ireland has a strong and successful track record of hosting international sporting events, including the Giro d’Italia and the first ever sell-out Open Championship.

Minister Murphy added:
“The north is well positioned and ready to maximise the opportunities this event will bring in terms of tourism, job creation, increased productivity, sporting legacy and investment.

“I’d like to thank our partners in this project for their continued support and commitment to making UEFA EURO 2028 the great success it can be for this island.”

Minister Archibald added: 
“Hosting UEFA EURO 2028 presents a huge opportunity. It will inspire our young people, create a sporting legacy and provide a huge tourism and economic boost. I will work with Ministerial colleagues to seize the opportunities this prestigious tournament offers.”

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